Cops have arrested the director of a nursery for forcing the children under her care to eat their own vomit.
The woman, identified solely as a 51-year-old whose first name is Belen, allegedly yelled at and hurled racial epithets at the children, made them eat food they had spat out or thrown up, and hit them on the arms and hands.
An investigation into the woman, whose nursery is located in the city of Fuenlabrada, near the Spanish capital Madrid, began in mid-October.
The investigation was launched as a result of numerous complaints made to the police by parents whose children attend the ‘Genios en Panales’ (‘Genuises in Nappies’) nursery.
The suspect, who was arrested on 29th October for ‘degrading treatment’ and ‘torture’, has no prior criminal record, according to media outlets including Telecinco.
It is also believed the woman mocked the children’s crying, force-fed them by pinching their nose and pouring water into their mouth while they ate, and locked them in the bathroom. Her alleged victims were no older than 3.
Following her arrest, the suspect has denied the accusations against her, instead pinning the blame on a dismissed employee. She has since been released with charges pending.
According to Telecinco, both the woman’s co-workers and audio recordings have corroborated the accusations made against her.
In one such recording, the woman can allegedly be heard telling a child: “F*cking greaser, d*ckhead, you’d better f*cking eat it, you won’t be laughing anymore.”
According to Telecinco, complaints against the nursery had been made as far back as 2019. However, the regional authorities did not discover any irregularities at the time.
As of Thursday, 11th November, the nursery was reportedly still operating.
The suspect continues to deny the charges against her as the investigation into her alleged crimes continues.